There are a few bands named Locust. However, this post refers to the very obscure British soul funk band of the mid seventies with this unique album Alpha Waves.Few things are known from the band except that bass player Brent Forbes played in an English band named Zac who recorded one album. Chris Parren played in the same band and both musicians backed the American soul singer Doris Troy who wrote “Just One Look”, a hit in the USA and also a hit for the Hollies in the UK. Seemingly Brent became an estate agent and still plays on an amateur basis. In August 1989, Chris Parren played with the great Ray Minhinnett in his band, the UK Busters.Drummer/vocalist Phil Spinelli and rhythm guitarist Pete Bonas quit the jazz rock/fusion band (Brand X) after recording the 1st (disappeared/unreleased) Brand X album around 1975. Genesis drummer Phil Collins replaced Phil Spinelli in Brand X between 1975 and 1976. Pete Bonas played on Jim Capaldi’s “The Sweet Smell Of Success” album.Seemingly in 1994 Phil Spinelli was part of a north west comedy troupe in England. John Dillon may possibly have played in a band called The Field Trip around 1994. Ray Allen played sax with Jim Capaldi, Robert Palmer, Maggie Bell and many others. “Alpha Waves” is quite an unusual British soul funk album from a very talented band. There are some great grooves throughout the album, with a flavour of the AWB, the early War, Isaac Hayes, and Sly & The Family Stone. “Foxy” is a bit on the “poppy” side and a little out of step with the rest of the album. “Cosmic Kangaroo Juice” is a good track, and a great example of the quality of the band’s skills.
Not Bad For a Record!